The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.
Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.
Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.
Receive as much as they give!
Who We Are
We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!
What We Do
Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.
The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, August 25, 2022, 6:00 PM at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House. We had 13 members present for our meeting. President Gary welcomed all in attendance for our meeting.
Secretary’s Report: Approved.
Treasure’s report: Approved
President Gary discussed our participating in the Keystone active Veterans Christmas Card event and several members agreed in this great project. Christmas Cards will be available at our October meeting.
President Gary thanked Wayne and Sue for a wonderful summer picnic and sharing their home with all who could make it.
On 8/3/2022 Optimist Meeting & 4th Quarter Zone Meeting, was held at GARA fireman’s pavilion.
Our new promotion brochure is available, and we should always have one in our possession. If you need some promotion brochures, contact Daryl and one will be mailed to you.
Discussion regarding repair of the Optimist Amphitheater will be investigated and report back to the club by Daryl.
Proposal for a spring youth 9-hole golf tournament approved. Randy, Walt, and Gary agreed to plan this event.
Basketball Committee (Chairs Chris Bender & Brian Skidmore)
Golf Committee (Chair Steve Burton)
Respect for Law (Chair Doug Miller)
Oyster & Shrimp Feed Committee (Chairs Wayne Hill & Stacey Schlosser)
Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser cancelled (3/13/2022)
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking Committee (Brian Skidmore)
9/10 & 11/2022 Wine Festival Parking
Call or email Brian if you can help with this great fundraiser.
Adams County Foundation Giving Spree (Chairs Joe MacDowell & Fred Darling)
11/3 ACCF Giving Spree.org
Joe addressed our members on the benefit of giving through the Adams County Foundation which adds/increases approximately 3% to the revenue received by all of the 501C3 non-profit organizations who participate in this event including our Optimist Club.
RIF & Environmental Ed (Chair Lyne Aurand) – Our board of directors proposed we contact the schools who receive monies for RIF and Environmental Ed since the funds are available, club membership agreed. Funds to be distributed by September 30.
9/7/22 No meeting
9/10 & 11/2022 Wine Festival Parking
10/5/22 Officer Installation at Mansion House, Fairfield, PA
11/3 Adams County Foundation Giving Spree
11/16 Optimist Meeting 6PM at Hoss’s
12/7 Optimist Christmas Party at Gettysburg Fire House
The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.